All Lives Matter

A new report shows that the leading cause of death in 2020 was not COVID-19 or cancer or heart problems or homicide, or traffic deaths; it was ABORTION! In 2020, of all deaths worldwide, 42 million were from the premeditated taking of the lives of the pre-born. Not only was it the leading cause of death (nearly 42%), but it was close to all other causes combined—including from the Corona Virus Pandemic. The whole world has suffered from lockdowns of businesses, schools, churches, and social gatherings to stop the spread of a virus, resulting in loss of jobs, closure of businesses, challenges to provide a quality education, hindrance of church services, hampering of missionary outreaches…and the list goes on and on.  And how effective the safety measures have been is greatly questionable. Yet what a price we have paid!   While our lives have been turned upside down in response to a pandemic, abortion took the lives of 42 million innocent babies!     

Meanwhile we continue to fund the greatest cause of death on the face of the earth—the taking of lives of innocent children in what should be the safest place on earth—their mother’s womb. Wow! May God have mercy on us!   Since that fateful Roe v. Wade court case in January 1973 legalizing abortion,   nearly 62 million babies have lost their lives—an average of 98 per hour— in the United States alone.  President Trump, who was one of the most “pro life” presidents in U.S. history,  before leaving office last week,  proclaimed Friday, Jan. 22, as “National Sanctity of Human Life Day.” In his proclamation, he stated: “Every human life is a gift to the world. Whether born or unborn, young or old, healthy or sick, every person is made in the holy image of God. The Almighty Creator gives unique talents, beautiful dreams, and a great purpose to every person. On National Sanctity of Human Life Day we celebrate the wonder of human existence and renew our resolve to build a culture of life where every person of every age is protected, valued, and cherished.”   AMEN! (Unfortunately, our new administration does not hold President Trump’s values of the sanctity of life of the preborn and will do all it can to fund abortion).     

Our nation suffers from the violence and destructive activities of groups like “Black Lives Matter” and “Antifa.”  They claim to be protesting racial inequality in our country.  The paradoxical thing is that they are indiscriminately damaging and destroying not only the property and businesses of whites but blacks as well, the very ones for whom they claim to be advocating.  (By the way, check out the purpose of the BLM movement. It is very anti-Christian. It seeks to dismantle the biblical definition of family, champions the celebration of homosexuality, and touts gender confusion as normal and advocates for a gender revolution).      

Yes, black lives do matter, as to all other lives, no matter the skin color or national heritage.  The concept of race and racial discrimination does not come from Scripture. The Bible says there is only one “race,” the human race, which is made up of many “tribes and nations and languages” (Rev. 7:9).  The only division the Bible speaks of in humanity is between Jew (offspring of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob) and Gentile, and even those two groups become one through faith in Christ as we are placed in one body, called the “church,” Paul wrote, “For in Christ there is neither circumcision (Jews), nor un-circumcision (Gentiles)…There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 5:6; 3:26).    God did not create different “races.”  Acts 17:26 tells us that “He made from one (blood), every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times, and the boundaries of their habitation.  At the Tower of Babel, God confused languages and scattered people throughout the earth (Gen. 11:7,8).  He may have changed skin color at the same time or as they were scattered  around the world the skin colors may have developed over time. In any case, God made that a possibility from the beginning with the DNA he placed in mankind. But the Bible says nothing about a “black race” or a “white race” or a “red race” or a “yellow race.”  The concept of “race” came about with the teaching of evolution by Charles Darwin and was consequently picked up by textbooks and it subsequently became the basis of despots like Adolf Hitler who tried to develop a “superior race” by eliminating the “inferior” (in his thinking).  This became—and continues to be—the justification for genocide throughout the world and for the “racial unrest” even in our own country.      

Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, who had a hatred toward minorities, especially toward “Blacks,” saw abortion as a means of controlling the black birth rate. It is not by accident that about 80% of Planned Parenthood abortion facilities are located in neighborhoods with a proportionately higher population of Blacks and/or Hispanics.  Since Roe v. Wade in 1973, abortion has taken the lives of 20 million Black babies, more than the entire population of Blacks in 1960!  Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, creates the false impression that its programs somehow benefit “black health, education, rights and community development.” The tragic reality is that one out of three Black babies in this country—800 per day—are aborted! Of the 61.3 million babies that have died by abortion in the U.S. since 1973, 19.4 million were conceived in the womb of Black women.  The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says that in 2020, 36 % of abortions were of Black babies although Blacks make up only 13.4% of the population. So, tell me, how does that “benefit” the black community?  If BLM and Antifa really were for “racial equality,” they should be protesting in front of abortion clinics!     

I’m reminded of an old Sunday School song: “Jesus loves the little children (including the unborn), all the children of the world. Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world.”  And so should we—All Lives Matter—“whether born or unborn, young or old, healthy or sick, every life is made in the holy image of God” (Gen. 1:26,27).            

   Forever His,              

   Pastor Dave

About Pastor Dave

Until my retirement 2 years ago, I pastored an independent Bible church in Northwest Montana for nearly 38 years. During that time I also helped establish a Christian school, and a Bible Camp. I am married and have children and grandchildren. The Wisdom of the Week devotional is an outgrowth of my desire to share what God is doing in my life and in our world, and to challenge you to be a part.
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